Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Many dental and jaw growth problems worsen over time, making early intervention crucial. Research has shown that prevention is better than cure, and addressing certain dental and skeletal imbalances while the child is still growing can yield significant benefits and prevent future problems. Here are some common issues that can be treated during the two-phase approach:

  • Crowding
  • Crossbites/palatal constriction
  • Lost dental space
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Jaw growth problems
  • Functional problems
  • Excessive overbite/overjet
  • Airway problems

Phase I (Orthopedic Phase)

The first phase of treatment, typically lasting 12-18 months, focuses on orthopedic correction. This phase is carried out during the mixed dentition stage when both permanent and baby teeth are present. Early treatment at this stage provides optimal results and benefits that may be more limited if delayed until later.

Between Phases

During the transition between phases, your child will have regular appointments every 3-6 months, as recommended by Dr. Newhart. These appointments are essential for monitoring progress and ensuring the smooth continuation of treatment. There is no additional charge for these visits.

Phase II (Orthodontic Phase)

The second and final phase of orthodontic treatment begins after most baby teeth have been lost. Dr. Newhart will determine the exact timing for this phase, which typically lasts about 12-18 months. This stage focuses on achieving the final correction of tooth position, bite refinement, and overall functional improvements.

The Benefits of Two-Phase Treatment

Two-phase treatment offers numerous advantages, including:

  • Increased stability
  • Elimination of headgear or neck gear
  • Improved dental function
  • Reduced time spent in braces
  • More non-extraction treatment options
  • Improved airway function
  • Enhanced smile aesthetics and width
  • Harmonious facial growth
  • Greater comfort during treatment
  • Reduced likelihood of jaw surgery